Commenting on the announcement made by the Prime Minister today that the government will unveil a Roads Investment Strategy for the UK in the Autumn Statement, Adam Marshall, Executive Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:
“Businesses in cities and counties around Britain have long been crying out for road improvements, particularly in areas like the South West and the East of England where traffic has been choked for decades.
“The Prime Minister's desire to radically increase roads spending in the next parliament is shared by companies across the UK. His plan to give certainty to many long-overdue road schemes will be cheered by businesses and their employees, for whom gridlock and disruption has become a way of life.
“However, big construction schemes must be complemented with a less sexy but no less important drive to fix our existing roads, which have suffered years of under-investment. Any roads plan for the future must address the ever-poorer state of Britain's existing roads as well as adding much-needed new ones.”